Conservatives should applaud Obamacare

info@islandpacket.comNovember 10, 2013 

What country has a major party demonizing health care as a socialistic, communist plan to destroy our economy? By explanation, Medicare, Medicaid and veterans' health benefits are socialistic economic formulas. Republican Paul Ryan's $8,000 voucher plan is just another socialistic financial scheme. Of course, it shifts more financial burden to wounded veterans, elderly and poor who can least afford it. It's no wonder Japanese senior lawmaker Ichiro Ozawa called Americans "simple-minded."

Even former U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint boasted that Mitt Romney's Romneycare should be the model for the nation. Why then, is The Heritage Foundation, sponsored by millionaires who want for nothing, running ads rejecting health care for the working poor? Why do they oppose a Medicaid expansion?

Republican icon Ronald Reagan forced his unfunded national health care mandate on this country, The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA), demanding hospitals that accept Medicare or Medicaid money must also treat patients for emergency medical conditions regardless of citizenship status or ability to pay. Under Obamacare, Disproportional Share Hospitals (DSH) payment cuts will save billions.

In 1989, Stuart Butler, then the director of domestic policy research at The Heritage Foundation, gave a lecture entitled, "A National Health System for America," in which he described the mandate as avoiding the reputed free lunch. He spoke about states requiring passengers to wear seat belts for their protection and drivers having liability insurance. But, he complained, neither federal government nor states require households to protect themselves from the potential of serious illness. Keeping Obamacare should be praised by fiscal conservatives as a bipartisan act.

Bill Mahaffey

Sun City Hilton Head

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